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What is a Liberal Arts Education? Is it worth pursuing?

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

Some successful people such as Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of Youtube, have a liberal arts degree. But, have you ever wondered why these liberal arts graduates end up holding leadership positions in big companies? In this article, you will learn about liberal art education-What does liberal art mean? How to get a liberal art degree? What are the jobs in the field of liberal arts? And is it worth pursuing?

What does liberal art mean?

A liberal arts education provides a broad academic foundation in humanistic study. This expanded field of knowledge encompasses the humanities, arts, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, and other different subjects. Thus, studies in a liberal arts degree program or a university education, in general, might be referred to as liberal arts and humanities education. Liberal arts courses are in opposition to programs that are primarily vocational, professional, or scientific.

The Liberal Arts were initially those subjects judged necessary for meaningful involvement in civic affairs by the ancient Greeks. It would have allowed them to engage in public debates, enlist in the army, and serve on juries and courts. There were only three subjects named logic, grammar, and rhetoric, commonly known as the trivium. Later, it includes four more subjects: geography, music, astronomy, and arithmetic called quadrivium.

What is a liberal art degree, and how can it help you?

A liberal arts degree provides a broad base in a variety of subjects. Liberal arts learners are introduced to various ideas and issues, from art to science and math. A liberal arts degree gives broad information and practical capabilities that may be used in multiple careers.

The "4 Cs," described by Lindsey Ranstrom, an associate professor at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), are the essential characteristics of a liberal arts education: critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.

Liberal art colleges and universities in India

So basically, there are two types of programs offered by colleges and universities: liberal art bachelor's programs and liberal art master's programs.

Liberal arts education is quite famous in countries like the USA, but today the field has expanded and reached India. There are many colleges and universities in the nation which provide liberal arts degrees to students. Here are some of the finest colleges and universities in India that offer a liberal arts curriculum.:

Ashoka University [MA in Liberal Arts]

Christ University [BA in Liberal Arts]

Symbiosis, School of Liberal Arts [BA, BSc in Liberal Arts]

OP Jindal University [BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts]

FLAME University

KREA University

MIT-WPU School of Liberal Arts [also offers BBA in Liberal Arts]

Azim Premji University

Shiv Nadar University

Career options in liberal arts

There is always a question in students' minds: "What am I going to do after getting a liberal arts degree?" And the answer to this is quite fascinating. You can do almost anything that catches your interest! Yes, you read it right!

"Each discipline gives you a specific framework for creativity, problem-solving, communication, and other abilities," Griffen explains. "These skills can then be used to a limitless variety of career domains and employment."

Here are some popular potential jobs for liberal arts graduates commonly offered by the top liberal arts colleges and universities.

  • Business manager

  • Human resource professional

  • Advertising representative

  • Marketing specialist

  • Events director

  • Graphic designer

  • Journalist

  • Project manager

  • Research analyst

  • Creative writer.

There are plenty of career opportunities for liberal arts majors after graduation, and professionals usually appreciate the importance of a liberal arts education. As a result, the majority of liberal arts graduates obtain full-time employment. Liberal arts and science or humanities degree make the typical full-time employee $55,000 per year abroad. In India, the idea of liberal arts is still to make its roots firm. The National Education Policy, 2020, has paved the way for institutions to transition to broad-based learning.

Bottom line

Liberal arts majors can progress into specialized, high-demand careers with experience. As a liberal arts student, you will receive a wide-ranging education that will prepare you for various careers in a variety of sectors. With a liberal arts degree, you will develop essential abilities and are prepared for a lifetime of learning. Many successful people, who are praised for their work, hold a liberal arts degree.

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Ajay Vikram
Ajay Vikram
Aug 16, 2021

Thank you for such insightful article.

Evolving Being
Evolving Being
Aug 16, 2021
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I am glad you enjoyed the read.


Harshita Khatri
Harshita Khatri
Aug 15, 2021

Thanks for the informative piece of article. It definitely gives an overview of the course and this might be helpful for beginners to understand the importance of liberal art. Can you please tell if this course is going to stand out or going to be less demanding in future for the one who is going to pursue this field of art now??

Evolving Being
Evolving Being
Aug 15, 2021
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We are glad you found this article useful Harshita. Liberal Arts definitely has a lot of scope in the future. It entails some of the critical skills needed in the 21st century, as per the World Economic Forum report.

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